HELLO all, new to airforums.com as well as being a new owner of a completely original, un-restored 1961
Safari Land Yacht 22', in excellent condition imo. Was a true barn find which had been parked forever. I havent even found a single ding in the shell, and its all there, right down to the lamp shades. Im not new to the rv industry, having worked as an rv technician in the past, allbeit over 20 yrs ago 😳😂 I have a "jack of all trades" skill set and hope this to be a great success.
After many countess youtube videos, and now knowing many of the pitfalls a person may face when purchasing an older vintage Airstream, I have mentally prepared myself for many suprises, as well as performing a full shell off reno. Unfortunately, not many sellers are going to let you tear apart their camper to inspect framing, flooring etc. before you buy, so I guess you never truly know what you have until you officially OWN it.....well, here I am, looking at my new to me Airstream parked in the driveway & OWNING it 😬 lol
I havent officially tore into it just yet, but what little bit I have, I've found evidence of some wood floor rot in the rear bath area, as well as some heavy frame rust just ahead of the rear bumper.
My next step is figuring out the best spot to begin this reno. I have plenty of property, but do not have a shop, extra garage space etc to work in, so Im trying to explore my options. May buy one of those large portable tarp style garages to stay out of the FL elements. Any suggestions on makeshift work sites, from others who may have been in this situation would be greatly appreciated.
That all being said, I want to do this reno right, as I plan on keeping this vintage time capsule for many years to come. Expecting to do a shell off reno, are there good alternatives for replacement flooring other than plywood? Ive seen koosa (very expensive), tongue & groove water resistant/proof mdf style subflooring etc.
I'd love a strong lighter weight option to help keep down the overall weight of the trailer seeing that Im pulling it with a 4 door Jeep and every saved pound counts there. Ive also read not to use pressure treated plywood due to the off gassing and corrosion characteristics which may come with wood metal contact (havent looked into this enough yet to prove/disprove the theory).
I intend to stay true to its roots, keeping the same exact floor plan instead of gutting it into a modern model. If all goes as planned, I will be reinstalling the orig interior, walls, appliances, cabinets, sinks & tub etc.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.